Question about TMS Houston

07-02-2004, 01:27 AM
If anyone has ever gone to this, can you please tell me how the tournament works? I'm thinking about going, and i have some questions....such as how many matches do you get to see per day??
If anyone can please help it'd be GREAT! Thanx

07-02-2004, 01:39 AM
last year you got to see like two or three matches, it was a couple singles and a doubles. There was an afternoon and a night session if I recall correctly. It was expensive for the amount of matches you go to see :o I didn't go - I just remember thinking it seemed really expensive for what you got.

EVERYTHING at that venue is expensive. And beware, a lot of seats are really far away. But it's a nice stadium.

07-02-2004, 01:41 AM
oh man!
yeah cause i was lookin at the schedule, and its like 1s/ i was thinking only 1 singles match and 1 doubles match??
i dunno what to do now...i really wanna go, but soo expensive! and no guarentees i'll see the pple i wanna....and with far seats :confused:
thanks for your help bunk18bsb

07-02-2004, 02:23 AM
you're welcome :) Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

07-02-2004, 04:27 AM
I went last year and it was the best! I paid about $850 for all of the sessions. If you watch footage from the 2003 TMS, you'll see the seats right next to the courts. There's an aisle behind them with bar stool type chairs against a wall and then the next section of seating. I was in that section, eight rows up. I got an efficiency apartment that was five minutes from the club. I paid $5/day for parking and took a free shuttle to the gate. The parking is free if you go to a dirt field next to the regular parking and the shuttle comes there and it's free, also. The walk from parking to the gate isn't a big deal, either. The food was expensive and not very good. I brought a bag with me everyday and packed snacks, two water bottles, a soda, two cameras, binoculars, and an umbrella. It all fit in one of the little book bags you can get anywhere. There was also free food and a band at the front gate. The food was Texas BBQ like sausage and chicken/beef fajitas. Just take your ticket with you to get back in the club grounds.

The venue was excellent from my point of view because all the action happened on one court. The top eight doubles and singles were there so I got to see the creme de la creme. The first day or so was just doubles. The matches start around 1PM and go to about 11 or midnight. When the day and night sessions start (about day two or three), take BOTH tickets. The first time there was a night session, I didn't realize I needed the night ticket. But, I was lucky that there was enough of a break so that I could go back to the apartment. For a lot of the rest of the tournament, the day and night sessions ran into each other.

If you go before the matches start, you get treated to autograph sessions by the players and you can get up close to the players on the practice courts. The attendants at the gate hand out brochures of the day's match schedule and the practice/autograph schedule. The venue is small and everything is easy to walk to. There's a pavilion with games and vendors. I bought two real cool sweat suits for $40 each with the tournament date stitched in them, pants, and jacket with a hood in the collar. Bud Collins also hawked his Tennis Encyclopedia a couple of days where you could buy autographed copies.

It was one of the most fantastic sporting experiences of my life. Watching those athletic artists was a real thrill. I'm only slightly interested in going again this year because the memory of 2003 was so fantastic. It was worth every penny to me.

07-02-2004, 12:54 PM
wow JMP!
the autograph sessions is what really appealing to me now!!
so you need to buy a day session ticket AND a night session ticket?
and how many matches do you get to see per day, say if you're only there for day session?
thanx for your input!

07-02-2004, 02:13 PM
TMS Houston, better than last year's, I hope.

07-02-2004, 02:30 PM
TMS Houston, better than last year's, I hope.

Not if the nationalist is still there.

07-02-2004, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by |-Safin_Coria-|
so you need to buy a day session ticket AND a night session ticket?
and how many matches do you get to see per day, say if you're only there for day session?

As far as buying tickets per day or per session, you need to check their website at

I have one of the daily sheets I wrote you about and it says that for Thurs. and Fri. of last year's tournament there were two singles matches in the day session starting at noon and one singles, one doubles match in the night session that started at 7PM.

Also, I drove to the club a month before the tournament and drove around the neighborhood so I would know where everything was.

07-02-2004, 03:46 PM
Sense makes.

07-02-2004, 03:57 PM
Hey I went last year for two round-robin matches and the semis and it was fantastic. I'm going again this year for the semis and friday night session(already got tix, cost was like $330 for two people). The stadium there is fantastic there are no bad seats in the house, I had a great view and I was in the very top (though I don't see how the stadium could cost 10 million, someone has 9.5 million in their back pocket!!!). Ok the food there is not expensive compared to other sports venues. I know a beer and a hot dog at Astros field would cost a lot more. The apparel is expensive but still much less than USOpen or Wimbledon stuff. I thought it was very well worth the money, you're guaranteed to see the top players playing each other. Like I said I'm going again this year, pm me if you need anything else.

07-02-2004, 08:09 PM
thanx guys! you were all very helpful, very much appreciated :)

07-02-2004, 10:48 PM
OK, one question. Is Westside Tennis Club inside of Beltway 8 on South Gessner road, or is it right outside of it???

07-02-2004, 10:51 PM
OK, one question. Is Westside Tennis Club inside of Beltway 8 on South Gessner road, or is it right outside of it???

meh not sure, but the Parking shuttle leaves from Town and Country Mall which is just inside the Beltway 8, but they are demolishing the mall so I don't know where the shuttle will leave from this year

07-02-2004, 11:13 PM
Westside Tennis Club is right outside Beltway 8 nestled in a group of neighborhoods, strip malls, apartments, and an elementary school. The address is 1200 Wilcrest. Use MapQuest or Yahoo! Maps for a precise location.

07-03-2004, 01:45 AM
I used it but two locations came up. Im going this year, do I need to get my tickets now??? My aunt got VIP tickets when they auctioned them off. She got courtside seats, everything. She probably lives about 2 hours away from the stadium because Houston is huge. She lives right off of Beltway 8 North by I-45. I'm sooo excited. I cant wait till Houston hosts the Olympics(hell if Atlanta can do it, Houston can).

07-03-2004, 02:07 AM
jbone_14, your aunt is one lucky lady! :D Try this link:

You should be able to see the club location in relation to Beltway 8 and zoom in as needed.

Yes, get your tickets now if you're committed! This is about the time of year I got mine in 2003. I can tell how excited you are. I was the same way. Enjoy! :D

07-03-2004, 03:04 AM
jmp and jbone, where are you guys from?

07-03-2004, 03:13 AM
Im from Shreveport, Louisiana about 4 hours away.

07-03-2004, 09:42 AM
I'm from Florida. But, I've logged in a lot of hours along the I-10 corridor from FL to TX.

jbone_14, if that map link doesn't work. Do this:

*go to GOOGLE
*type in "1200 wilcrest" "houston tx" with the quotes
*click the actual address when the results come up
*zoom out one position when the map comes up - you should see the location with a star and Beltway 8 to the right

07-03-2004, 02:19 PM
ah jbone!! you're so lucky!
have any of you guys gone to US Open? i have some questions about that too....:p

Clara Bow
07-03-2004, 04:25 PM
I want to thank you guys for the tips as well. You guys are getting me excited about the event. :) I think are going to aim for the singles semifinals and singles and doubles finals. Luckily Austin is close enough that we can drive down Saturday morning and drive back (likely exhausted) Sunday night.

It will be by first sporting event as a married lady!